Faith group unveils plan to rebuild blighted homes

by David Holzel Senior Writer Jews in Northern Virginia were part of a coalition of some 50 religious communities that announced a $30 million reinvestment plan to rebuild deteriorating communities in Prince William County. The coalition, Virginians Organized for Interfaith Community Engagement, or VOICE, unveiled the plan June 3 at a Woodbridge school in the… Read More

Hebrew University to honor local philanthropist

by Emily Minton Staff Writer Local philanthropist and writer, David Bruce Smith is set to receive an honorary fellowship from The Hebrew University of Jerusalem at the university’s 76th International Board of Governors meeting and annual convocation on June 17 in Jerusalem. Smith, of Bethesda, is one of three Americans to receive the honorary fellowship… Read More

Levy to lead Federation

by Emily Minton Staff Writer The Jewish Federation of Greater Washington is getting ready to say farewell and thank you to its outgoing president, Stuart Kurlander, and hello and welcome to new President Liza Levy. A retired teacher and mother of three, Levy, 52, attended her first Federation event in the late ’80s and has… Read More

The mudder of all races

  by Suzanne Pollak Staff Writer What better way to bond with fellow synagogue members then by running through mud, dodging a hippity hop wrecking ball gauntlet and hitting the slip n’ slide together? That’s what 18, mostly men’s club members, at Temple B’nai Shalom in Fairfax will be doing on Saturday as part of… Read More

WHC to present special Shabbat service

Washington Hebrew Congregation will present a special Shabbat service tomorrow evening with all new music scored by congregant Robert Nath. “He’s not a professional musician but he is a lover of music,” said Cantor Mikhail Manevich, a cantor at WHC. Titled Hanefesh shel Shabbat, or Soul of Shabbat, the service is the last of this… Read More

ROI Summit will network local Jews with the world

by Eric Hal Schwartz Staff Writer Six young, Jewish entrepreneurs and leaders from the Washington, D.C., area will travel to Israel next week for the eighth-annual, five-day ROI Summit, a chance to meet and engage with other innovative Jewish young men and women from nearly 40 countries. “We want to create a global community of… Read More

Israel Bonds Ambassador’s Ball

The Ambassador’s Ball, a celebration of Israel’s 65th year of independence, drew a packed ballroom at the Bethesda North Marriott Hotel and Convention Center on Sunday evening. Andrew Cooper served as campaign chair while Manette and Louis Mayberg were the Ambassador’s Ball chairs. Jordan (Jody) Harburger, executive director of Israel Bonds’ Washington, D.C. area office,… Read More

UMD president visits Israel

  by Emily Minton Staff Writer Dr. Wallace D. Loh, president of the University of Maryland, College Park, joined a delegation lead by Gov. Martin O’Malley (D-Md.) on an eight-day trip to Israel in late April. This was the first visit to Israel for the 33rd UMD president, whose trip was initially scheduled for the… Read More

Germany OKs funding jump for survivors

by David Holzel Senior Writer The announcement last week that Germany had agreed to an unprecedented additional $1 billion in funding over four years for Holocaust survivors left Jewish Social Service Agency, which provides services to elderly survivors, seeking more answers. “This is an overall number meant to help survivors all over the world,” said… Read More